World Watercolor Month – Day 18 – Painting With Friends

Day 18 - World Watercolor Month Furry Friends Chihuahua holding paint brush - Doodlewash

As I looked at the prompt of “furry friends” today, I first thought of a dog, as I’m very much a dog lover. They are definitely a wonderful friend to have! How I ended up with a chihuahua holding a paint brush in its mouth is anyone’s guess, really. As we head into the second half of this phenomenal month, I’m enjoying having a bit of fun by painting things I normally wouldn’t think to try. And I’m thrilled and excited to be painting with so many friends across the globe for World Watercolor Month! You inspire me daily with the beautiful work you are posting every minute and are making me want to try new things. Together, we are definitely showing the world that watercolor is an amazing medium. Keep on painting what you love and having a blast in the process! Don’t worry if you don’t manage to paint each day, just keep right on painting and tagging your watercolors with #WorldWatercolorMonth to join our big little global celebration!

I’ve never owned a chihuahua, but think they’re rather cute. I’ve already painted nearly all of the dogs I’ve had in real life. From my very first companion, to the first dog I had as an adult, to my current little bitchy basenji. I say that last bit with all the fondness in the world as I rather appreciate his strong personality. It’s really entertaining. Each of these dogs is so different and yet they all share that uncanny ability to break my heart. They don’t stay around forever, so I cherish each little moment, and think about them long after they’re gone. Each time one passes, I tell myself I won’t go through that again and then end up with another. The truth is, something doesn’t have to last forever in order to be important. Sometimes, even the briefest of moments can become that thing you hold dear for years to come. Thankfully, our memories tend to prefer the good times and those become the stories we remember most. The ones that make us smile, even if it’s through tears. It’s what makes our own short time on this little green planet so beautiful.

And thanks for joining in one of the most beautiful months of the year! By the way, this little dog is holding a Princeton Velvetouch™ brush, so at least we know he has good taste. The soft feel of these brushes is really amazing! Princeton was on my mind today as they just launched a cool new World Watercolor Month giveaway for people who use their brushes which you can read more about by clicking here! And there are four additional giveaways running at this very moment from our awesome sponsors, which you can find on the official giveaways page (be sure to check the rules to determine your eligibility by location). And as if that’s not enough, I also have something wonderful to give some of you right now! Today, I have American Journey Artists’ Watercolor Nomad Sets (if you haven’t yet received one) for the first 10 people who comment on doodlewash.com with the phrase “Let’s All Paint Together!” Be sure to look for my response on these as if you get one, I’ll be asking for your address by replying to your comment. It’s an incredible month and there are still many days to go! I hope each of you are enjoying a fabulous month of watercolor that’s made even better by painting with friends!

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 Day 18 - World Watercolor Month Furry Friends Chihuahua holding paint brush - Doodlewash
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75 Comments
  1. Lisa Cihlar 3 months ago

    Let’s all paint together! Love your dog! P.s. I may have won already, but don’t know for sure.

    • Lisa Cihlar 3 months ago

      I did win, so skip me.

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        Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

        Thanks so much, Lisa! Yep you did! But glad ya liked my little dog! hehe 😃💕

  2. Charlie Nieman 3 months ago

    Let’s all paint together

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes to that, Charlie! 😃💕 I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send you a sample!

  3. Kris 3 months ago

    Lets all paint together! Which is what you uou have us doing Charlie! Thsnk you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes! It’s just way more fun that way! 😃💕 I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send you a sample!

  4. Kaitlyn Thomas 3 months ago

    Let’s All Paint Together! Though, I wouldn’t trust my chihuahua with a paint brush. 😛 She’d probably just splatter the cat with paint.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yeah… hehe… that would be soooo funny to watch though!! Lol And yay, Kaitlyn! 😃💕 I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send you a sample!

  5. Debbie 3 months ago

    “Lets all paint together”! Definitely!

  6. Jay 3 months ago

    Hi Charlie. This sure is a cute little guy. I need to get busy with a painting for today…Let’s All Paint Together!

  7. Kris 3 months ago

    Sorry about the auto correct 😞

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Haha! No worries, Kris… I truly believe auto-correct is out to get us all!! 😉lol

  8. Susan Cuss 3 months ago

    Wonderful puppy! Let’s all paint together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send you a sample!

      • Susan Cuss 3 months ago

        Thanks so much, Charlie!

  9. Nicole Douthit 3 months ago

    Let’s all paint together! Adorable dog…and definitely a great motto for spending time with my children 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Definitely with it comes to kids! Thanks, Nicole! 😃💕 And I already have you down for one of these! yay!

  10. Dale Kern 3 months ago

    Let’s all paint together! I love looking at everyone’s work each evening, the gallery was a great idea, Charlie! Your doggy with the paintbrush is very sweet! Thanks for everything!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Dale! I’m so glad you liked it! It was fun to see the gallery form on Facebook, but left out my Instagram folks and other social networks, so this year has been fun to see!! Glad you liked my dog! hehe 😃💕 I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send you a sample!

  11. Gina 3 months ago

    Let’s all paint together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      I just rescued your comment from my spam folder, Gina! 😃💕 Apparently when I have people say the same thing over and over it looks suspicious! hehe So since you would have been in the first 10… how about a sample?? Yay! Send me a note here with your address: https://doodlewash.com/contact/

  12. Rebecca Ives 3 months ago

    Let’s All Paint Together! I may have posted this twice, sorry if I did 😀

  13. Astrid Beyleveld 3 months ago

    Let’s all paint together Your puppy is precious

  14. Astrid Beyleveld 3 months ago

    Lets all paint together your puppy is adorable

  15. Sandee Setliff 3 months ago

    I love the paint brush in his mouth! How cute is that?

  16. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

    Look at the eyes on this little guy! Beautiful – I call them Hershey’s Kisses eyes. And holding his paintbrush, ready to go. I own a bunch of Princeton watercolor brushes – they’re really nice as they hold a good amount of paint and keep their shape, as long as I’m nice to them. I used to remind my students that paintbrushes need a Mohawk hairdo, not a splayed mess like they’ve been wrassled by alligators. But maybe all they really need is a sweet puppy to take good care of them.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Haha! Awww I love that advice you gave your students! And more, thinking about my brushes having a Mohawk! COOL! Glad you liked my little pup, Sharon!! 😃💕

  17. June Hadaway 3 months ago

    You already have me down for one. Thank you. Love the puppy. You made him have such a sweet little face. Have you tried using the Princeton filbert grainer? It is an interesting looking brush.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      yep! And thanks so much, June! 😃💕 Glad you liked him! And I haven’t tried that one yet, but I’d just go for it if you like the shape. All of their brushes are awesome!

  18. Tamiko McCurry 3 months ago

    “Let’s All Paint Together!”

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes to that, Tamiko! 😃💕 I’ll have Cheap Joe’s send you a sample!

  19. Lisa McClure 3 months ago

    Such an adorable puppy! But I also kept thinking, step away from that brush, little buddy. It’s not a dog toy.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      hehe!! chihuahuas are kind of like toys… hehe… so tiny! Thanks so much!! 😃💕

  20. Ann 3 months ago

    Let’s all paint together. Not sure if I’m a recipient yet. Cute, cute dog.

    • Pat 3 months ago

      Let’s all paint together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Ann! 😃💕 Actually, I just ran of these for today, but check back each day for more stuff!

  21. Grace Millette 3 months ago

    Your puppy perfectly exemplifies the joyous spirit you are spreading around of “Let’s all paint together!” Thanks so much for your uplifting posts!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Grace! 😃💕I’m so happy you enjoy my posts!! (errr rambles and doodles! hehe). And I’m out of samples today, but keep checking back!

  22. Jodi 3 months ago

    So so stinking adorable! Love it Charlie! Let’s all paint together (I’m pretty sure you are past ten, but I wanted to say it anyway!) 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Jodi! 😃💕 Glad you liked this little pup! And yeah… past 10 … hehe… but more coming!!

  23. Wendy Nelson 3 months ago

    Wow – what a cute little puppy!

  24. Shannon 3 months ago

    Aww, what an adorable pup!

  25. Lydia 3 months ago

    Let’s all paint together! Chihuahuas! 🙂 So cute. This was a tough prompt for me but I’m trying to stretch! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      And you did a lovely job my friend!! Glad ya liked my little chihuahua! 😃💕 And I’m all out samples today, but more coming each day!

  26. Heather Parker 3 months ago

    Let’s all paint together

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yes to that, Heather!! 😃💕 I”m all out of samples for today, but check back each day!

  27. EK O'Connor 3 months ago

    What a sweet pup! I just adopted a puppy yesterday to give my current adult dog a little buddy. Each dog is so unique! Love the expression on your pup’s face. So cute holding the paintbrush for the sketch – two of your favorite things!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Awwwww you have a new pup!!! That’s awesome!!! I hope you’ll paint the new arrival and share it!!

  28. Sandra Gilbert 3 months ago

    Love your puppy… He looks eager to with all of us. 🙂

  29. Pili Diaz 3 months ago

    Too late 🙄 I was still sleeping…

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww there’s still many more days to go, Pili, and several posts I’m making open only to people who haven’t gotten anything yet! 😉💕

  30. Awww so cute, a painting dog….funny as the other day I took a photograph of a beagle puppy, doing a little spot of painting, only he was using a domestic diy paint roller, adorable 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Rebecca! 😃💕 hehe! That sounds perfectly adorable!! I hope he did a nice job! lol

  31. Robin Gookins 3 months ago

    My cats like to rub their faces on the end of my paintbrush while I am trying to use it, they also try to bite it. And when I leave a painting on the table to dry, I will come back and find a cat lying on top of it, or walking across it. I love them so much!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yeah, I think animals are actually trying to give a signal that they want to paint with us. Why wouldn’t they? It’s so incredibly fun!! lol 😉💕

  32. Kiana 3 months ago

    You’re little dog is adorable! Would love to participate on my own blog The Art Spectrum!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kiana! 😃💕 I’ll definitely check out your blog…. just let me know how participation works!

  33. Patricia Grocott 3 months ago

    Let’s all paint together. It’s fu!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yay to that, Patricia! 😃💕 And I’m out of samples today but be sure to check back each day!

  34. YesterdayAfter 3 months ago

    Oh Charlie this little cutie you painted it is exactly the portrait of a lovely tea cup chihuahua we had, her name was Sandy she passed at the age of 15 in 2014 I see her in your painting! My painting for today is a tribute too to my Dutch Bunny, passed in June is a emotional and meaningful painting that we all can relate with. We will always carry our lost loving pets in an embrace inside our heart no matter how much time passes! Keep up with the beautiful creations! <3 <3 <3

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Aww I’m sending you a big virtual hug, Carolina!! 😃💕💕 Pet make our lives so wonderful and yet can always break out hearts. Carry that love forever! It’s the most beautiful thing in the world!

  35. YesterdayAfter 3 months ago

    Thank you so much and yes Charlie I agree! Hugs back at you! 😉 <3

  36. Elizabeth Metz 6 days ago

    This choked me up a bit, but one look at that chichi face set the world back on its axis.

    Dogs are awesome. <3

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